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Country of origin:Italy
Produced in:1976
Numbers built:1
Designed by:Marcello Gandini for Bertone
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:May 18, 2020
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Click here to download printer friendly versionWith the 308 Dino GT4 introduced at the 1973 Paris Motor Show, a Bertone designed Ferrari entered production for the first time. Using the same underpinnings, the Italian carrozzeria then created the striking Rainbow show car for the 1976 Turin Motor Show.

Like the production 308 GT4, the Rainbow was penned by Marcello Gandini. The Italian designer pushed the wedge shape even further with very sharp lines and an abundance of flat surfaces. Among the outstanding features are the partly covered rear wheels and the integrated vents with vertical slats.

In addition to the instantly recognisable wedge shape, the Rainbow's single most distinguishing feature was the foldable roof. This was hinged at the back and once upright could be slid down stowed away behind the seats. Bertone also fitted custom wheels that also had a similar design as the slats of the grilles.

The Rainbow was based on the existing Ferrari 308 GT4 chassis but with a unique 2,450mm wheelbase. The engine fitted was the latest F106AB V8. Equipped with four Weber carburettors, it the all-aluminium unit produced 255bhp. Mated to a five-speed gearbox, the V8 was mounted transversely ahead of the front axle.

At its Turin Motor Show debut, the Ferrari 308 GT Rainbow was painted white with black accents. It was later re-painted a light metallic blue with a matching interior.

Unfortunately, the Rainbow could not convince Ferrari to continue the collaboration and the contract of the 308 Dino GT4 replacement was instead awarded to rival Pininfarina.

As a result, the 308 GT Rainbow remains as the last Bertone designed Ferrari.

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